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Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. A Nov. 2015 forecast from health data firm IMS Health expects global sales of brand and generic prescription drugs, and nonprescription medicines, to total $1.4 trillion in 2020. Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg Reports have indicated that the Sackler family would provide $3 billion over seven years, and that another $7 billion to $9 billion could come from future sales of OxyContin. (Photo: George Frey/Bloomberg)

Purdue Pharma’s proposed settlement on Wednesday could provide some assurances about compensation for cities and counties with pending lawsuits, in the likely event that the opioid manufacturer files for bankruptcy, experts say. But several state attorneys general still balked at the deal as inadequate.

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